Monday, August 03, 2015

City Time Square - Mandaue

Another addition to the burgeoning food scene in Cebu is the City Time Square in Mandaue.  I also used to wonder where this place is because it is somewhat new, only to find out it is just behind Park Mall.  If you have left Cebu or Mandaue for quite some time already, this is the Reclamation Area in Mandaue, that is now the host of a lot of ongoing building construction.  In a few years time, gone will be the empty and vacant lots, and it will be the  home of several new hospitals and perhaps malls and office buildings. 

City Time Square is a 2-level building which hosts a number of dining establishments. Since Park Mall is near , people now have more choices when it somes to dining preferences.

Name Marker in Front of the Building

Quite Visible from the Street

Connecting Bridge to Provide a Short Cut

Parking Spaces are provided

Right side if looking from the street

Left Side if looking from the street

View from the second floor

Stairs to the second level, there is also an elevator

Park Mall is actually just across the street

Small at only 2 levels

Achimisul - A Taste of Korean in Mandaue

With all the hyped-up interest in Korean telenovelas, music, and entertainers - plus the fact that there are now a lot of Koreans in Cebu, it is just natural that a few Korean entrepreneurs would put up some business here. 

It was a nice surprise when a Korean restaurant opened in Insular Square in North Road Mandaue beside Siknoy a Chinese restaurant. The ambiance is simple, modern, but nice.  Aside from the Korean food which we curiously tried, there seems to be a hint of Japanese with the presence of Ramen and Bento boxes.  Our palate is still getting used to the newly acquired taste. So our level of enjoyment is still in the infancy stage.

Most people still prefer to go to Jonie's or Siknoy's. But I wish Achimisul will not give up but instead will try to give a good fight and eventually survive...

Entrance to Achimisul


The Nice Korean Owner

Interior of the Restaurant

Nice Table and Chairs

Spicy Ramen

My Chicken Bento

My teacup, Chopsticks, and the reliable Spoon

My Korean Dish

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Tokyo Table In City Time Square Mandaue

For sometime I have been meaning to try Tokyo Table, but it was only last July that I got to do it.  And so with much anticipation, we visited it one beautiful Sunday afternoon.  I thought we could make it by lunch but it was already around 1:30 pm when we arrived and it turned out that Tokyo Table will be closing at 2:00 pm. I should have turned around but we were already at their door and were quite famished already, so we decided to stay.

The Good:

It's true, there is indeed a wide array of choices from Filipino and Chinese favorites, Japanese favorites, and perhaps some Korean... There is a Salad Bar, and the desserts are the best! You can go back over and and over again until you are fully stuffed and couldn't find space in your tummy. Even the softdrinks are unlimited! What can beat that!

The Not-So-Good:

It's a bit expensive at Php 840 per person.  Come early for lunch so you will be able to enjoy your meal (Lunch is between 11:30 am- 2:00 pm).  It's not exactly as super delicious as I have imagined. But don't mind me, perhaps I expected too much.

Nevertheless, me and my sis still found the steep prices worth it in terms of the variety of food available...


Entrance to the Dining Area

Interior of the restaurant

Ingredients  for Grilling

Salad Bar

Japanese Section

More of the Japanese Section

Soup and Rice Section

Decor Above the Buffet Table

All Time Filipino Favorites Section

A Wide Array Of  Dessert Choices

Grilling at our Table

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Cafe Sarree (Rustan's Ayala Cebu)

I wondered where goes Yum-Yum Tree. Yum-Yum Tree used to be the restaurant of Rustan's Supermarket (even in their Makati Branch), and one of our (me and my former officemates from UBP) favorite dining places. Instead, Rustan's Cebu has Cafe Sarree now.

Anyway, my sister and I wanted to try out Cafe Sarree - and so one beautiful Sunday morning, we headed out to have lunch there.

It was not particulary big in area. Ambiance is cozy and casual. My sister ordered their honey-glazed pork chop, and I, as a salute to Yum-Yum Tree ordered Spaghetti (with meatballs).

I am not a big fan of pork chops but they were so tender, that it felt like they melt in my mouth.  And I kinda like it. My spaghetti is a bit on the sour side because according to the girl who waited on us, is more on the tomato-based Italian taste and not sweet like the Filipino recipe that we are so used to.

One thing I would like to commend is that, they are generous in their serving. Their pork chop were really chops since they came about in 3's and the thickness of each piece is just the right size for me. Their spaghetti came in a huge bowl, and could be shared by two. Which means they were worth their price. Maybe it will not be our last visit to the place ...

Apple-Lemon Ice Cooler

Nice Interiors...

Honey-Glazed Prok Chops

Spaghetti With Meatballs

Surprisingly, the serving was Huge...

Kit, famished and eager for her food...

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

HUKAD Ayala Terraces

Hukad in Ayala Terraces, seems to be always full whenever we pass by, judging by the number of people patiently waiting outside to be seated or served. And so our curiousity was really piqued. Yet it was also difficult for us to get a seat whenever we plan to eat there.

One day we were surprised when we got lucky and found ourselves a table inside. But our excitement turned to disappointment.  Service was slow. I was not impressed with the drinks I ordered. The worst part was the fish that I ordered turned out itchy when eaten. It means it was not fresh when bought or maybe it has popped in and out of the freezer already. The only consolation was the ngohiong. Perhaps it is not fair to draw a conclusion based only upon a few orders. Maybe I will come back and try again...

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